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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [des-uh-ley-shuh n]
    • /ˌdɛs əˈleɪ ʃən/
    • /ˌdes.əlˈeɪ.ʃən/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [des-uh-ley-shuh n]
    • /ˌdɛs əˈleɪ ʃən/

Definitions of desolation word

  • uncountable noun desolation Desolation is a feeling of great unhappiness and hopelessness. 3
  • uncountable noun desolation If you refer to desolation in a place, you mean that it is empty and frightening, for example because it has been destroyed by a violent force or army. 3
  • noun desolation the act of desolating or the state of being desolated; ruin or devastation 3
  • noun desolation solitary misery; wretchedness 3
  • noun desolation a desolate region; barren waste 3
  • noun desolation a making desolate; laying waste 3

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Origin of desolation

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
1350-1400; Middle English < Late Latin dēsōlātiōn- (stem of dēsōlātiō) abandonment, equivalent to dēsōlāt(us) (see desolate) + -iōn- -ion

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Parts of speech for Desolation


desolation popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 89% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

desolation usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for desolation

noun desolation

  • solitude — the state of being or living alone; seclusion: to enjoy one's solitude.
  • devastation — Devastation is severe and widespread destruction or damage.
  • loneliness — affected with, characterized by, or causing a depressing feeling of being alone; lonesome.
  • isolation — an act or instance of isolating.
  • waste — to consume, spend, or employ uselessly or without adequate return; use to no avail or profit; squander: to waste money; to waste words.

Antonyms for desolation

noun desolation

  • civilization — Civilization is the state of having an advanced level of social organization and a comfortable way of life.
  • happiness — the quality or state of being happy.
  • joy — a female given name.
  • development — Development is the gradual growth or formation of something.
  • creation — In many religions, creation is the making of the universe, Earth, and creatures by God.

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